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The Living Bhutan Tour (11 days)

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Trip Code: NETE-BH-LVBT1

  • Trip Type Sightseeing Tour
  • Duration 11 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Flight
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Living Bhutan Tour offers visitors the chance to trace Bhutan’s rich cultural and natural wealth. This is a complete tour of Bhutan, encompassing all the major attractions of Bhutan. 
 
You will visit Paro, Thimphu, Gantey valley, Trongsa and Bumthang while exploring all the famous cultural and historical landmarks of Bhutan. Some of the places you will visit include Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Ta-dzong and 17th century Rinpung dzong in Paro; Memorial Chhorten, Traditional Medicine Hospital, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and Painting School, 15th century Changangkha monastery in Thimphu; Gangtey Gompa in Gangtey Valley; Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture, in Trongsa; and Tamshing Lhakhang,  Jakar Dzong, Kurje Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. 
 
In addition you will also hike on Tenkhor Yuetshe Sum Trail and go over Pele la pass (3300m) the highest point of the tour. You will also stop over at Phobjikha valley to witness the famous Black Necked Cranes of Bhutan. 

 

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 Trip code: NETE-BH-LVBT1
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 11 days
 Trip Type: Sightseeing Tour
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
MAR-APR-MAY
JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Standard Hotel/Lodge Accommodation in Bhutan

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The mountain flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some of the world’s highest peaks. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport and transfer you to hotel. Evening free time to relax.

Morning hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest) takes around 3 hours. It was in the 8th century that Guru Padmasambava landed here on the back of a tigress, and meditated for three months. The present day monastery was built it 1684. Afternoon visit to Ta-dzong, once a watchtower to defend Paro. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1967, and is filled with antique thanka paintings, textiles, weapons and armour. Drive to 17th century Rinpung dzong to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders.
 
Overnight in hotel.

This morning follow the winding road beside the Pa chu (chu means water) river downstream until you reach its confluence with the Wangchu. Ride up the valley to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Traditional Medicine Hospital, Textile and Folk Heritage Museum and Painting School.
 
Overnight in hotel.

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, a bustling town and home to Bhutanese Royal family, the government and the judiciary and to several foreign missions and development projects.
Today you will be on a half day sightseeing tour of Thimphu starting with National Library, which contains the best collection of religious and historical literatures in the Himalayas. Up next you visit the Memorial Chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck followed by 15th century Changangkha monastery and Handicraft Emporium. After lunch drive to Punakha crossing over Dochula Pass (3100m).
 
Overnight in hotel. 

After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit majestic Wangdue Dzong on the way. Gangtey valley is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of the Himalayas featuring Gangtey Gompa and Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes. These cranes are very rare and endangered and highly protected by the Government.
 
Overnight at Camp or Guest House.

Morning hike on Tenkhor Yuetshe Sum Trail that passes through Goemba, Semchubara village, Jangchub Kemba Village and finally arrive at Gopho. From here you descend through the marsh land near Khewa Lhakhang.  After lunch drive to Trongsa crossing 3,300m high Pele la pass. Evening visit to Trongsa market.
 
Overnight in hotel. 

Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture. Ta Dzong used to be a watch tower, built to defend the surrounding region. After lunch, proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation.
 
Overnight in hotel. 

Drive to Bumthang an auspicious place where many great Buddhist teachers and saints meditated. Bumthang is a combination of four valleys: Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura. Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, for religious Buddhist paintings and Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley. Afternoon tour of Kurje Lhakhang and Jambay Lhakhang.
 
Overnight in lodge

 

Morning drive to Thimphu . Relax in the afternoon.
 
Overnight in hotel. 

After breakfast drive to Paro. In the afternoon hike to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. Tiger’s Nest. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cavenear Taktsahng monastery before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan.
 
Overnight in hotel.

After breakfast, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.


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